Sex Abuse Lawsuit Dropped Against Former Disney Executive

Bryan Singer's accuser, above, Michael Egan filed notice of dismissal Wednesday

Michael Egan speaks at a news
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Michael Egan, who has accused Bryan Singer and three other Hollywood figures of sexual abuse when he was a teenager, has voluntarily dismissed one of the lawsuits, against ex-Disney TV executive David Neuman.

The notice of dismissal was filed in a Hawaii federal court on Wednesday.

No reason was given, but Neuman’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss last month in which they not only denied the allegations as false, but included 2003 testimony from Egan in which he said back then that Neuman “never acted improperly around me or toward me.” Egan also said that Neuman was not present when he was involved in any sexual conduct.

Egan was among the plaintiffs in a 2000 lawsuit against Marc-Collins Rector, Chad Shockley and Brock Pierce, the founders of Digital Entertainment Network, for which they won a multi-million dollar judgment. Neuman was an executive at DEN, an Internet startup that went bust in the dotcom crash of 2000.

Other defendants named by Egan, including Gary Goddard, Singer and Garth Ancier, have each filed their own motions to dismiss and have denied the claims. They also contend that they were not in Hawaii when the sexual misconduct allegedly took place in the late 1990s. A hearing on the motions is scheduled for July 28.

Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, filed a dismissal of the case without prejudice, meaning that they reserved the right to file a new claim.

UPDATE: Neuman’s counsel Patricia Glaser issued the following statement Wednesday night: “This evening the completely unfounded and 100% false charges against our client David A. Neuman, were dismissed.    Today’s news affirms to everyone that David Neuman’s fine reputation deserves to stand strong and was attacked with no merit.

In as much as we celebrate the truth this evening, we will hold accountable those who wrongly created the hurt and damage by making outrageous, untruthful assertions that cannot be undone.

We question seriously the underlying prejudices and motives in targeting David Neuman with this groundless and defamatory action.

Today’s dismissal exposes this despicable lawsuit for what it really was:  an unethical smearing and failed shakedown of a completely innocent man.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story featured the word ‘Charges’ in the headline. No charges were brought against Mr. Neuman, only the civil lawsuit.